DMTX. The six candidates for Monmouth met the public for an early pre-election meeting to discuss the burning issues of the day. Over 100 people listened to the views and political aspirations of the candidates. Trellech, Monmouth, UK. 26/03/2010
Monmouth Town Electoral Candidates attend Burning Issues Forum
David Davies (Conservative) is the current elected Member of Parliament for the constituency of Monmouth and is standing for re-election at the next General Election.
The Burning Issues Forum invited all six candidates to be present at St Nicholas Church in Trellech, Near Monmouth, to promote their party views and answer a range of interesting questions from the floor.
The history of the elections in Monmouth has been quite dramatic over the last nineteen years. In 1991 Huw Edwards won the by-election for Labour following the death of the sitting Conservative MP, Sir John Stradling Thomas, who had been MP since 1970. It was a fight between Huw Edwards and the Conservative Candidate of the time, Roger Evans.
Huw Edwards MP won for Labour with a swing of 12.6% and a majority of 5.3%.
At the 1992 General Election Roger Evans MP won the seat back from Huw Edwards with a majority of 31.1%
At the 1997 General Election, Huw Edwards MP regained the seat from Roger Evans MP with a majority of 8.5%.
In the 2001 General Election Huw Edwards MP held on to the seat with a majority of 0.9% just beating Roger Evans for the Conservatives into second place
At the last 2005 election the voters in Monmouth voted as follows:
Conservative: 21396 (46.9%)
Labour: 16869 (37%)
Liberal Democrat: 5852 (12.8%)
Plaid Cymru: 993 (2.2%)
Other: 543 (1.2%)
Conservative Majority: 4527 (9.9%)
This election gave the seat to David Davies MP, who won it from Huw Edwards MP with a swing of 5.4%.
So the parliamentary seat in Monmouth is likely to cause great interest in the media as the election looms. How will the people of Monmouth vote? Will the seat remain in Conservative hands or will Labour regain the seat? Will any of the other parties take a significant part of the vote and reduce the votes for the two main contenders?
A small swing by the voters can make all the difference.
For two hours the candidates fielded searching questions from the floor from a gathering of over 100 people. The candidates gave a short personal introduction and description of their career to date. All gave a very impressive array of answers and gave their views on a number of issues, which was at times, frank and forthright.
They also gave their solutions to proposed dilemmas of the day from the strike at British Airways, Electoral Reform, The Economy, Education, votes for under 18’s and their views on International Aid.
The Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Plaid Cymru, Green, UKIP and Labour candidates were all excellent at getting their various points across in an open and sensible manner. The final question asked them was who they would vote for in a General Election if they could not vote for their own party! Although this was a somewhat tricky question, it was interesting to hear the diplomatic answers of the prospective candidates. The answers were somewhat humorous as well as informative.
People who attended the event found it very enjoyable and informative, and most said they would be going away better informed about the candidates’ policies and viewpoints.
The candidates were from left to right:
Martin Blakebrough (Liberal Democrat)
Jonathan Clark (Plaid Cymru)
David Davies MP (Conservative)
Stephen Millson (Green Party)
David Rowlands (UKIP Wales)
Hamish Sandison (Labour)